Dear COFACAN Awesome Family,
Thanks to your hard work and perseverance, including the substantial testimonies submitted in support for Friday's hearing, the VMI committee members present Friday voted UNANIMOUSLY to PASS SCR108, UNAMENDED! The fact that there were NO amendments made to this resolution in either the House or Senate indicates that this measure will quickly be adopted by the ENTIRE Hawai'i state legislature.
This state resolution will provide our Congressional delegates with a significant statement of support for their efforts at the federal level (and provide a model for COFA communities in other states to do the same). I am convinced that we have also provided a great deal of education for many of our state legislators, who now have a better understanding of the Freely Associated States' history and relationship with the United States. In addition, our legislators have witnessed our ability to organize and engage both our communities and the state's political processes which may be very useful for further work in the future.
Congratulations and great job everyone! This could not have been done without you.
Mahalo nui to Representative Takai, who helped ensure that SCR108 was re-referred to a single House committee in order for the resolution to meet the crossover deadline. Thank you also to all those who testified in support for Fridayʻs hearing (we will get a list out of testifiers when it becomes available). Although the whole hearing took only ten minutes, it was the culmination of all your effort and commitment. Special thanks to Jocelyn Howard, Richard Salvador, Tina Takashy, and Wayne Tanaka, who came to the State Capitol on Friday to see our resolution make it past the final stage of the legislative process.
Please stay tuned for details on a party in June, to celebrate the adoption of our resolution(s).
UP NEXT: The Federal Fix. Already, there are strong allies in Maui and in other states that are committed to joining with this cause. We have began compiling sophisticated research with which to make our arguments, and have the tools we need to make a strong and concerted push for equality and justice for COFA citizens in the United States. This Saturday we also began developing a structure for all the moving parts thatwe will need to work on and may be contacting some of you individually to gauge your interest in various areas. Stay tuned for more...
Thank you and congratulations once again!
UPDATE: SCR108 has been adopted in final form by the entire legislature. See the resolution in its final form here: